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Wordless Wednesday 11.07.18

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What the Fukunishi?

Opening reception is tomorrow, 2pm – 4pm at Graven Feather Gallery; 906 Queen St West!!!  There are a LOT of gorgeous pieces in this show, make it out if you can!

 

 

June Bookbinding Classes with Sprouts Press

June’s Bookbinding Classes are open for registration!  Whether you’re a beginner or looking to brush up your skills, you’re most welcome to sign up!  See below for details.

 

Hardcover Arrow Stitch Bookbinding
After a brief introduction to bookbinding and the tools of the trade, students will learn how to make their own hard cover book from scratch, using Paperhouse’s gorgeous handmade papers and the Arrow Stitch bookbinding technique.

Students will learn the skill of wrapping boards properly for book covers, and the secrets to stitching the Arrow Stitch.

When: Monday June 19, 2017  6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Painted Longstitch Linkstitch Bookbinding
Join us for a day of creative book making!  Students will be introduced to the basics of decorating cover paper with acrylic paint and a variety of tools.  Followed by a quick introduction to bookbinding and the tools of the trade, students will then learn the Longstitch/Linkstitch bookbinding technique and incorporate the decorated papers.

When: Saturday June 10, 2017  10am – 3pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Wunderkammer Show

Image: Ele Willoughby

This past saturday was the opening for the group show I’m in: Wunderkammer: The Cabinet of Curiosity.  It was curated by the Captain of the Toronto Etsy Street Team and all pieces included are of a science/nature theme.  I’m so proud to have one of my artists books (and paintings!) alongside so many other talented makers.  Scroll through the photos for a quick sampling of the work on display.

Image: Ele Willoughby

Image: Ele Willoughby

If you weren’t able to make the opening, don’t worry!  The show runs from now till May 28 at The Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery, 906 Queen St West, Toronto

Show hours are:
Tuesdays: 11 am – 4 pm
Wednesdays through Sundays: noon to 6 pm

For more information and to see the website, go here.

Wordless Wednesday 18.05.16

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Wordless Wednesday 08.07.15

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An Artists Book

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A couple of days ago I wrote a post about my feature in Uppercase magazine.  Today I’m going to talk about the piece that made it happen, an artist’s book titled “O2”.DSC_0707

O2 is an artist’s book about oxygen. While it is not in-depth, scientifically, it is colourful, enjoyable and beautiful.DSC_0724This project started as a drawing study of the beautiful cell formations of oxygen-producing organisms and their structures. This triggered a curiosity about their function and history, which in turn led to the creation of this artists’ book from accumulated images and information.
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This piece is also a labour of love, created entirely by hand.  All the paper is my own handmade paper, made exclusively for this project.  All images are my own, which I transferred and hand relief-printed.  I also wrote all the text, based on my research, which I then screenprinted.  And finally, I hand bound each book, completing this project and turning the prints into an art object, an artist’s book.

Hand printed in a limited edition of 9 books, there are only a couple of copies left.  To read more, see them in my Etsy shop here.

The Wayzgoose Annual Book Arts Fair

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It’s the best time of the year; time for the Wayzgoose!!  I’m not even going to try and hide the fact that this is my most favourite show of the year, anyone who’s attended will understand.11017211_821195567958006_3693839125684605134_o

This is an annual gathering of bookbinders, book artists, papermakers, printmakers, paper marblers, and anyone who makes things to do with these things.  We all get together for the day to show our work, engage in shop talk and be inspired!  It’s the best.

Traditionally a Wayzgoose is a feast held by a printing house for it’s employees.  Today the Wayzgoose is a day-long fair, plus a gorgeous letterpress printed poster (like the one above by Graven Feather, of course!).  And it’s also when the Wayzgoose anthology comes out, which is bound in a limited edition of 115 copies each year, with signatures from the vendors of the fair and local printmakers.  Like I said, it’s pretty incredible!  Check it out if you can, details below.

When:  Saturday April 25, 9am – 5pm
Where: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s site here.

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Day 186/365Blossom and Bloom PosterYesterday I spent some time prepping a box full of lovely little notebooks for swag bags for the Blossom and Bloom show!  It’ll be happening select weekends throughout the summer in a picturesque courtyard of the Varley Art Gallery, in Unionville.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll also be a vendor at this market-style show 2 days: Sunday July 12 and Saturday August 8.  Come out if you can, it looks like there will be a great variety of artisans, floral designers and artists in attendance!  Should be fantastic!!